A pi­lot project on flex-fuel buses

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Volvo and Volk­swa­gen have shown in­ter­est in sup­ply­ing ve­hi­cles pow­ered by al­ter­nate fu­els like methane and ethanol claim in­dus­try sources. They draw at­ten­tion to an an­nounce­ment by union min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari in this re­gard. Ex­pected to be run on a pi­lot ba­sis in the coun­try, Volvo is said to be keen to sup­ply 50 methane pow­ered buses to Pune and Mum­bai. Chances are that the project, if suc­cess­ful, will be repli­cated to other cities. Bio-CNG is also claimed to be a fuel that is be­ing looked at other than methane and ethanol. Volk­swa­gen is claimed to be ready to sup­ply flex-en­gine for 100 ve­hi­cles if the sup­ply of ethanol is en­sured. The min­istry of trans­port is said to be look­ing at the pro­duc­tion of bio-fuel ethanol in large quan­ti­ties in Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har. Cabs em­ploy­ing flex-fuel en­gines and with ethanol as fuel could save Rs.4.5 per km on fuel charges. Gad­kari, claim sources, gave an ex­am­ple of Stock­holm where 400 buses are known to be run­ning on ethanol.

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